Fritzl lodger set to tell police: I saw the cellar monster's wife help take food to sex slave dungeon
01 May 2008
A lodger who lived in the Amstetten incest house for 12 years is to tell police that Rosemarie Fritzl used to help her husband put food in the cellar.
Alfred Dubanovsky, who admitted he had seen Josef Fritzl taking food into the cellar by wheelbarrow, broke down in tears as he explained how he had lived for 12 years in the house of horror and not been able to help.
He said: "I can't stop thinking about it. One thing that strikes me now for example is that it was a huge amount of food that he used to load into the wheelbarrow and push into the cellar.
"The amount was far too much for five people, and his wife must have noticed that. As far as I am concerned she used to help stash the foodstuffs in the cellar.
"It was not my imagination that they used to buy a lot of food for the size of their family, a friend of mine who also lived there once commented to me that he was surprised that the enormous amounts was constantly being delivered into the cellar.
"Looking back I suppose this must have been shortly before times when we went on holiday."
Dubanovsky, speaking four days after the discovery of the secret cellar family, said police had still not yet interviewed him even though they had announced that they were convinced that no one else was involved.
Police who have 300 officers working on the case said they were planning to interview all of the 100 tenants that lived in the various flats since it had been owned by the Fritzl family.
Detectives have repeatedly insisted that Mrs Fritzl, 60, knew nothing of her husband's "secret family".
Asked directly at a press conference, Franz Polzer, the police chief of Lower Austria, claimed it "defied logic" that Mrs Fritzl could have known anything.
Dubanovsky, 42, who works at a local garage in Amstetten, said he had only moved out of the house last year, having occupied a flat only a few feet above the cellar dungeon.
The petrol pump attendent also claimed he saw another man - introduced to him as a plumber - go to the cellar where the abuse happened.
There was speculation that Fritzl needed help installing a toilet in his sex dungeon and locked his captives away in one of its tiny bedrooms while the work was carried out.
Mr Dubanovsky said his landlord refused to talk about the basement, but had once made a chilling admission. "Fritzl told me that one day his house would go down in history," he said.